2018 RAV4 vs 2018 Honda CR-V

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There is no more-competitive vehicle segment than that of the compact SUV class. By merging wallet-friendly fuel economy with cargo- and passenger-carrying flexibility in a compact, suburban-friendly footprint, carmakers hit on a formula that has become ubiquitous across Pennsylvania.

The folks of Greensburg and the Johnstown area have plenty of choices, but two of them are clearly at the top of the list. While the Honda CR-V has been a long-time headliner in the segment, the Toyota RAV4 has been a class leader when it comes to reliability and consistency. So how do these two vehicles match up side-by-side?

What is the Resale Value of the Toyota RAV4?
When you're looking at buying a new vehicle, its' dependability five or ten years into the future isn't where we are often thinking. But it should be - this is a vehicle you'll likely spend quite a bit of time with over the next decade. That's why you want a vehicle with great expected reliability and excellent resale value when you want to move on to your next SUV.

The Toyota RAV4 has the Honda CR-V well beat in both departments. As Kelley Blue Book notes, Toyota is the top brand for resale value, beating out every other carmaker. This isn't an anomaly either - it's the second straight year Toyota has received the award, and the third time in the last five years. On the reliability side, Consumer Reports has named Toyota the top non-luxury brand for reliability for five straight years.

You can't do any better than that - so would you want an SUV from the brand that holds its resale value the best and is considered the most reliable carmaker, or do you want a CR-V?

How do the safety features of the Toyota RAV4 compare to features of the Honda CR-V?
Both the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V have performed exceedingly well in crash testing - they are two of the most highly rated SUVs on the market. They also offer much of the same active safety features, including standard rearview cameras.

The key difference comes with the advanced safety features. The RAV4 provides the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) system on every RAV4 that leaves the plant, from the base LE trim, up to the top trim level. This system encompasses a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and more. The CR-V does offer these features - just not on the base LX model, and not even as an optional package.

Toyota feels you shouldn't have to pay for the extra tech features and other cost-adding comforts and conveniences so you can have safety features that should be standard on any vehicle. Honda obviously doesn't agree.


What's the difference in technology between the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V?
It's one thing to have the latest technology, it's another to make it user friendly.
The Honda CR-V and the RAV4 offer similar technology and infotainment packages. The base RAV4 features a 6.1-inch touch-screen display with Bluetooth hands-free phone and streaming audio, along with Siri Eyes Free. Six speakers pump out the sound, while an auxiliary port and USB 2.0 port allow for the use of other media. The base CR-V doesn't give you as much - your stuck with a four-speaker audio system and a 5-inch LCD display. You'll need to pay up for six speakers and anything better than a USB 1.0 port.

Both the CR-V and the RAV4 offer premium audio systems, but Toyota comes through with truly great sound. The JBL® Audio with 11 JBL® GreenEdge™ speakers and subwoofer amplifier provides clearer, louder sound than the 330-watt, nine-speaker set-up in the Honda CR-V.

One of the biggest differences, and one that many CR-V buyers have come to regret, is that the Toyota RAV4 still features tactile buttons and knobs that control different common features. You needed the heat yesterday but not today? Just turn the knob in the RAV4 and it won't blow hot air in your face when you start it up. Not so with the CR-V - everything runs through the central touch display screen. If you want to turn off the heat, you'll need to start the CR-V, then surf through the system for the climate control screen, and then adjust the temperature, all while the heat is running. Have you already put the vehicle in reverse? Now the screen is locked to the rear-view camera, and you'll have to go back into park to get the controls up. Why does Honda make things so complicated?

How does a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid compare to a Honda CR-V?
In our environmentally-conscious world, the less gas you burn the better. Of course, this is also useful because it cuts back on the convenience store stops and the monthly gas bills. That means less stops at the DuBois Sheetz.

While the standard CR-V ekes out a little better fuel economy than the standard RAV4, Toyota has an ace up its sleeve. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid provides 34 miles per gallon around town, and that's with all-wheel drive - a necessity for the snows that blanket Portage and Johnstown in the winter months. On the highway, it will give you 30 MPG. While Honda can match the highway economy, the best they can do around town is 28 MPG. So if you do most of your driving as a commuter, running errands in town traffic, the RAV4 Hybrid will really start to save you some cash.


Deciding between a Toyota RAV4 and a Honda CR-V?
With reliability, value retention, safety, technology, and fuel economy all pointing the way of the RAV4, it's hard to see where the CR-V has an edge. Both vehicles feature plenty of room for five adults, and plenty of space for cargo - there is less than a cubic foot of difference between the two cargo holds behind the second row. So when you are looking for the flexibility, neither one holds the edge.

The other thing that sets the Toyota RAV4 above the Honda CR-V is the sales and service that comes with it here at Colonial Toyota in Indiana. Easy to reach from Johnstown, Portage, and the surrounding region. We provide the proper service that has made Toyota one of the most respected carmakers in the country.

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